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Why are my glands swollen?

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Swollen glands are a sign that your body is fighting off an infection or an illness. Most of the time, they return to normal size when their job is done.

These glands are your lymph nodes. You have them throughout your body, but you have clusters of them in places like your neck, under your arm and in the crease between your thigh and your torso, where your leg begins. You can sometimes feel these clusters as little bumps, especially if they’re swollen.

They’re part of your lymphatic system. Along with your spleen, tonsils, and adenoids, they help protect you from harmful germs.

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org: “Swollen Lymph Nodes -- Symptoms and Causes."

HealthyChildren.org: “Swollen Glands.”

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms.”

LiveScience.com: “Lymphatic System: Facts, Functions & Diseases.”

Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on June 16, 2020

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org: “Swollen Lymph Nodes -- Symptoms and Causes."

HealthyChildren.org: “Swollen Glands.”

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms.”

LiveScience.com: “Lymphatic System: Facts, Functions & Diseases.”

Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on June 16, 2020

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